Jane was born in the Philippines and immigrated to the United States at the age of nine. Her identity and experience as a first-generation immigrant first sparked her desire to work with youth, specifically in immigrant and refugee communities.
She began her youth development work with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, where she facilitated culturally relevant curriculum for immigrant and refugee students in Chicago Public Schools. In this role, she organized and prepared youth for meetings with state legislators to advocate for better access to resources for English learner immigrant students and their families. Prior to Y.O.U., she worked as a teen programs facilitator at Step Up. At Step Up, she facilitated social and emotional learning (SEL) curriculum focused on identity, relationships, and voice for young women in Chicago High Schools.
In her free time, Jane is committed to self-reflection and holistic healing. Her favorite forms of self-care include making journals, writing poetry, gardening, and sharing food with community.